|Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 01:16 am: |
Jafar Panahi directed The White Balloon and The Circle, both excellent films, and so is this, with a screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami. It's sort of the Tehran version of Taxi Driver...more understated than that sounds. It also reminded me of Naked, a little bit, in the way the main character drifts through lives and incidents until they gradually fill him up and push him over the edge.
I watched The Lizard last night, another Iranian film which was banned for its controversial portrayal of a mullah (actually, a thief disguised as a mullah). It's both sweet and hard-edged, and in the end a bit saccharine. But Crimson Gold is flinty and unyielding. If you have any interest in Iranian films, which can be too slow for some tastes, this is one of the best I've seen lately.